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Thousands of dollars worth of items stolen from Boise business following Thursday morning burglary

Posted at 2:53 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 18:48:15-05

BOISE, Idaho — “Awfully coincidental.” That’s what Mike Rogers, owner of Precious Metal Arts in downtown Boise is saying about the overnight burglary that happened at his shop.

Just last week, Rogers posted a sign on his door reminding customers and anti-mask protesters in the area to wear a mask when entering his business. Upset with how protesters were treating fellow business owners, Rogers also added his own warning he says read, “if you’re one of these morons and you come in I’m going to consider it an assault, and I’ll respond accordingly.”

The response? “I got mostly positive feedback, and I got a few death threats.”

Rogers has been a Boise business owner for over 20 years and tells Idaho News 6 he has never experienced anything like this. With $15,000 and counting of missing items like his guitar, family clock, loose gemstones, and scrap metals, he can’t help but believe these two incidents are connected.

"It’d be surprising if it weren’t. I’ve never been broken into before.”

With a security camera in his store and cameras around his business, he also adds, “you would have to be a little moron to break into a store in downtown Boise.”

Boise Police Department is currently investigating, and Precious Metal Arts is still open for business. If you have any details about the crime, please call 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.